President Trump refused to even acknowledge reporters who asked him to comment on the recent deadly shooting of 5 journalists at an Annapolis, Maryland newspaper.
While walking on the White House lawn through the Rose Garden, several reporters asked Trump if he had any words of condolence for the five journalists who were killed in the newsroom of the Annapolis Capital Gazette on Thursday afternoon. Despite journalists repeatedly asking questions and Trump waving them away, the president said nothing about the shooting.
"Can you please talk to us about the dead reporters in Annapolis?"
“Do you have any words of condolence for the families, Mr. President?”
"Why are you walking away?"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 28, 2018
Earlier this week, while President Trump was giving a speech endorsing South Carolina governor Henry McMaster, Trump gestured to reporters in the back of the room covering the campaign rally and called journalists “the enemy of the people,” which he’s done consistently since February 2017, when he used the same attack on journalists in a tweet sent from his verified account while vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump’s anti-media rhetoric appears to have caught on with his supporters, with half of Republicans saying in an April 2018 poll that they believed the media should be described as “the enemy of the American people.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The alleged perpetrator of the Annapolis shooting — whom CBS News said was a white male in his twenties — is in custody, although he apparently had no identification on his person and apparently mutilated his fingertips in order to make it harder for police to identify him.
The suspect is said to have carried out the attack on Capital Gazette journalists with a “long gun,” according to local police, and was wearing a backpack that had smoke bombs and flash-bang grenades. The shooting began when the gunman fired shots through the glass door of the newsroom, and then proceeded to carry out his massacre on newsroom staff. There was apparently no exchange of gunfire when police took the suspect into custody
Despite the shooting, local media in Annapolis is reporting the Capital Gazette will publish a Friday edition of the paper.
Logan Espinoza is a freelance contributor specializing in economic issues. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter. Contact him at logan DOT espinoza AT yahoo DOT com.